Preparation for the 2021 Ball State field hockey season has officially begun as the Cardinals opened their fall camp today with a morning and afternoon practice session.
This season is a quick turnaround from last spring’s nontraditional year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Ball State field hockey coach Stephanie Bernthal, who enters her fourth season said that if the team has learned anything from the last year, it’s how special being able to complete is.
The Cardinals have a lot to look forward to this upcoming season. Ball State continued to improve under Bernthal’s guidance last year, driving toward the goal of returning the historic program to prominence.
The Cardinals ended the season with six victories, including wins over fellow Mid-American Conference schools Appalachian State, Ohio, Longwood, Bellarmine and Central Michigan. The team also limited opponents to 1.81 goals per game for its best showing on defense since allowing a 1.78 average in 2002.
Ball State has a wealth of experience returning to the field this season with 17 letterwinners, while it also welcomes eight newcomers.
Fans can come watch the Cardinals at Briner Sports Complex nine times this season, starting with a scrimmage against Indiana on Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. BSU’s home opener will come against Big Ten foe Ohio State Buckeyes on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m.